Sawtooth Oscillation in Current-Carrying Plasma in the Large Helical Device

Y. Nagayama, K. Kawahata, S. Inagaki, B. J. Peterson, S. Sakakibara, K. Tanaka, T. Tokuzawa, K. Y. Watanabe, N. Ashikawa, H. Chikaraishi, M. Emoto, H. Funaba, M. Goto, Y. Hamada, K. Ichiguchi, K. Ida, H. Idei, T. Ido, K. Ikeda, S. ImagawaA. Isayama, M. Isobe, A. Iwamoto, O. Kaneko, S. Kitagawa, A. Komori, S. Kubo, R. Kumazawa, S. Masuzaki, K. Matsuoka, T. Mito, J. Miyazawa, T. Morisaki, S. Morita, O. Motojima, S. Murakami, T. Mutoh, S. Muto, N. Nakajima, Y. Nakamura, H. Nakanishi, K. Narihara, Y. Narushima, A. Nishimura, K. Nishimura, A. Nishizawa, N. Noda, S. Ohdachi, K. Ohkubo, N. Ohyabu, Y. Oka, M. Osakabe, T. Ozaki, A. Sagara, K. Saito, R. Sakamoto, M. Sasao, K. Sato, T. Seki, T. Shimozuma, M. Shoji, H. Suzuki, S. Sudo, K. Takahata, Y. Takeiri, K. Toi, K. Tsumori, H. Yamada, I. Yamada, K. Yamazaki, N. Yanagi, M. Yokoyama, Y. Yoshimura, Y. Yoshinuma, T. Watari

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Abstract

Sawtooth oscillations have been observed in current-carrying helical plasmas by using electron-cyclotron-emission diagnostics in the Large Helical Device. The plasma current, which is driven by neutral beam injection, reduces the [Formula presented] threshold of the sawtooth oscillation. When the central [Formula presented] value is increased due to the plasma current, the core region crashes, and, when it is decreased, the edge region crashes annularly. Observed rapid mixture of the plasma in the limited region suggests that these sawtooth crashes are reconnection phenomena. Unlike previous experiments, no precursor oscillation has been observed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume90
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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